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Diagnosis: Murder (1975)

A psychiatrist plots to murder his wife so he can be with his mistress, but his wife mysteriously disappears before he can carry out his plan.

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A psychiatrist plots to murder his wife so he can be with his mistress, but his wife mysteriously disappears before he can carry out his plan.

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Rated PG-13 for brief sexual content | See all certifications »
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11 June 1976 (West Germany)  »

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What seems to be a typical thriller is instead a clever little mystery about a wife gone missing and possibly murdered.
31 August 2005 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Christopher Lee plays a strange psychiatrist who's wife goes missing and who's the subject of letters mailed to the police saying that he has killed his wife. The police dive into the case with zeal and find that things concerning the case just don't really add up.

This is a really good thriller with a many nice twists. I like that you're over half way into the movie before you have any idea what's really going on, and once you do know, things don't take a predictable path to the end.

This is a small gem of a movie thats well acted by all concerned. The actors actually give their characters a life that isn't typical for what seems to be, but really isn't, a by the numbers mystery. Jon Finch, as the detective makes an excellent foil for Christopher Lee by simply refusing to do what he's suppose to.

My sole complaint is that the ending wasn't 100% clear, then again based on IMDb's running time the version I saw was missing about ten minutes so something may have been cut (or more likely I wasn't paying enough attention) . Definitely worth seeing, or in my case re-seeing.


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